Definitions for: Legerdemain


[n] an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers



Webster (1913) Definition: Leg`er*de*main" (l[e^]j`[~e]r*d[-e]*m[=a]n"), n.
[F. l['e]ger light, nimble + de of + main hand, L. manus. See
3d Leger, and Manual.]
Sleight of hand; a trick of sleight of hand; hence, any
artful deception or trick.

He of legierdemayne the mysteries did know. --Spenser.

The tricks and legerdemain by which men impose upon
their own souls. --South.

Synonyms: conjuration, conjuring trick, deception, illusion, magic, magic trick, trick

See Also: card trick, performance, prestidigitation, sleight of hand

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